ECE’s Lu, IE/ECE’s Scutari elevated to IEEE fellows

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has announced that two Purdue College of Engineering professors have been elevated to fellows, effective Jan. 1, 2021.
Photos of Y-H Lu & G Scutari
Yung-Hsiang Lu (l) and Gesualdo Scutari (r)


Yung-Hsiang Lu, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been recognized for contributions to energy efficiency of computer systems, and Gesualdo Scutari, the Thomas and Jane Schmidt Rising Star Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering and a professor of electrical and computer engineering, have been honored for contributions to distributed optimization in signal processing and communications. 

The IEEE grade of fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon those with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. IEEE fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.Lu has been a faculty member at Purdue since 2002 and a member of IEEE since he was an undergraduate. He values the “ability to exchange ideas with people involved with IEEE, as well as participating in the conferences where we meet our professional peers.” Lu added, “Being a fellow opens new doors.”

Scutari, a member of the Purdue faculty since 2015, has been a member of IEEE since he was a PhD student.

“The IEEE played an important role in my education, as a student first and a researcher later,” Scutari said. “The organization not only offered access to technical innovation and cutting-edge information, but it also helped in networking and facilitating the connection with top-notch researchers who significantly influenced my attitude toward research and approach to problem-solving.”

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 plus members in 160 countries, the association identifies itself as the leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

“When I looked at those very big names who also were honored, I felt humbled,” Scutari said. “It is also a sign that my research has an impact in the engineering community, which makes me proud and pushes me to embrace new, even more challenging research problems for the future. On top of being a researcher, I’m also an educator, and I hope that this recognition will be an example for my PhD students to pursue fundamental research problems and work hard to accomplish their objectives.”

Dedicated to the advancement of technology, the IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields and has developed more than 1,300 active industry standards. The association also sponsors or co-sponsors nearly 1,700 international technical conferences each year. For more information about IEEE or the IEEE Fellow Program, visit